ERIC Number: ED432694
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1999-Aug
Reference Count: N/A
An Examination of the Standards Established by the Accrediting Commission of Career Schools and Colleges of Technology.
Lewis, Morgan V.
The standards established by the Accrediting Commission of Career Schools and Colleges of Technology were examined through mail surveys of samples of current students, graduates, and employers. In addition, administrators of all accredited schools and colleges and the corporate offices of schools that have such offices were asked to rate sections of the 12 standards in the 4 qualities specified in the federal regulation governing approval of accreditation agencies. The response rates obtained were as follows (usable responses/questionnaires sent, response rate): administrators (221/800, 27.6%); current students (386/1,508, 25.6%); graduates (188/1,559, 16.7%); and employers (250/1,559, 18.8%). Sixty percent of the 780 mean ratings received for the 195 specific requirements were 6.00 (on a 7-point scale) or higher, indicating that virtually all the administrators rated them with a 6 or 7. Only 4% were rated below 5, and none were rated below 4 (defined midpoint of the scale). The standards appeared to be producing their intended conditions and outcomes. To questions about the condition of buildings and classrooms, quality of instruction, and accuracy of information received before enrollment, at least three-quarters of current students and usually well over half of graduates and employers gave positive responses. (Fifty-two tables are included. Appended are technical notes that include the study methodology and questionnaires.) (MN)
Descriptors: Academic Standards, Accountability, Accreditation (Institutions), Administrator Attitudes, Admission Criteria, Admission (School), Career Education, Counseling Services, Distance Education, Eligibility, Employer Attitudes, Employment Services, Graduate Surveys, Job Placement, Loan Repayment, National Standards, National Surveys, Postsecondary Education, Questionnaires, Required Courses, Student Attitudes, Student Evaluation, Student Loan Programs, Student Recruitment, Student Surveys, Tables (Data), Technical Education, Technical Institutes, Technology Education, Vocational Education
Publication Type: Numerical/Quantitative Data; Reports - Evaluative; Tests/Questionnaires
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: Accrediting Commission of Career Schools/Colleges of Technology, Washington, DC.
Authoring Institution: Ohio State Univ., Columbus. Center on Education and Training for Employment.